The Americas MPhil/PhD
Research areas:The Institute of the Americas occupies a unique position at the core of academic study of the region in the UK, promoting, coordinating and providing a focus for research and postgraduate teaching on the Americas – Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States.
Particular fields of research expertise at the institute include:
- Climate change and sustainable development
- History of the Americas
- Human rights, justice and democratisation
- Labour history, politics and policy
- Race, ethnicity and gender in the Americas
- Social policy in Latin America
- State, market and the economy
- The Caribbean: History, Politics, Society
- The US Presidency
- US foreign policy
It also covers the study of relations between regions in the Americas and of relations between the Americas and the rest of the world. The research community is focused on producing ground-breaking research at the forefront of several academic disciplines while contributing to the development of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the Americas.
It is also actively engaged in research at the interface of academia and policy, engaging a broad range of stakeholders, including government, NGOs, communications media, and civil society, in the UK, the Americas, and beyond.
Normally a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
English level expected: Good
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- UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,200
- Overseas Part-time: £8,250
Three Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities will be available for PhD students starting in 2014 in the areas of literature, language and history.
UCL-IA attracts students funded by Mexican, Chilean, Ecuadorian and other national funding agencies.
Scholarships available for this department
The intention is that Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field. Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded solely on academic merit. Ideally the successful students would aspire to an academic career.
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Graduates are employed in universities, thinktanks, government agencies, non-governmental organisations, international bodies, and other institutions around the world.
Top career destinations for this programme
- NGOs, think tank, consultancies
- Communications media
- International organisations
Research students at the institute acquire expert knowledge of the Americas in a number of fields, including history, politics and human rights, economics, environmental sociology, and development. Although primarily trained for academic work, research students at the institute acquire extensive transferable skills, including the ability to analyse and process vast amounts of data, to teach both introductory and advanced courses in their field of expertise, to present research to small and large audiences, to network with diverse groups. This ample and highly adaptable skill base gives research students at the institute an unparalleled edge in a number of employment opportunities.
Students at the Institute of the Americas benefit from numerous networking opportunities. The Institute hosts both formal and informal networks of scholars based in the UK, Europe and the Americas, and has very strong links to a number of institutions such as embassies and high commissions, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the British Library and the British Museum, and NGOs and think tanks. It also benefits from close relations with business communities in the UK and the Americas. An attractive network of UCL-wide Americas-focused research students helps to coordinate networking opportunities within and beyond academia.
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"After finishing my PhD, I would love to work for a security agency in the public sector, such as Europol, or federal crime agencies or ministries in Brazil, Germany or the UK. I have undergone a lot of careers training while at UCL (Leadership in Action, Women in Management, Career Days)."
"I made contacts at other universities and was encouraged to take part in conferences, receiving financial support to do so, which was great for getting general research experience and networking skills."
Research Associate, Loughborough University, 2012
Subject: Geography, Faculty: Social and Historical Sciences